|Publication number||US7058426 B2|
|Application number||US 10/290,445|
|Publication date||Jun 6, 2006|
|Filing date||Nov 8, 2002|
|Priority date||Nov 9, 2001|
|Also published as||US7774021, US20030092467, US20060194613|
|Publication number||10290445, 290445, US 7058426 B2, US 7058426B2, US-B2-7058426, US7058426 B2, US7058426B2|
|Inventors||Kozo Masuda, Ikuya Arai, Kazuyuki Takizawa, Junichi Nishimoto|
|Original Assignee||Hitachi, Ltd.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (31), Referenced by (11), Classifications (35), Legal Events (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention relates to communication terminal apparatuses which communicate by voice and data.
In these years, portable telephones which have game functions and music reproduction functions other than telephone call functions have been provided. For example, JP-A-2000-308269 gazette discloses a portable telephone which has the telephone call function and the music reproduction function. Also, because of popularization of the Internet and web-sites for portable telephones, looking at still images or moving images has been carried out by the portable telephones.
Since a main purpose of such portable telephone is a voice communication, its ability is not enough to carry out image processing such as expansion of compressed image data etc. As a result, there is a problem that good quality images can not be reproduced on a display screen.
Further, in case that quality of an additional function such as image processing ability etc. is tried to be improved, processing load other than the telephone call function is increased and it affects the be-all telephone call function. In the above gazette, it is described that when remaining amount of a battery is down to less than a predetermined value, the additional functions other than the telephone call function are stopped and thereby, the telephone call function as a basic function is maintained. However, there is a problem that when electric power itself to be consumed is not repressed, in case that the additional functions are being made to be of high quality, a case that their functions can not be utilized is getting increased.
Then, an object of the invention is to provide a communication terminal apparatus in which quality of the additional function such as image processing, music reproduction etc. is improved over repressing power consumption.
In order to solve the problem points, a communication terminal apparatus relating to the invention is of a structure having a transmission and reception unit adapted to transmit or receive a signal including a voice signal or an image signal, a decode processing unit adapted to decode a signal which is received by the transmission and reception unit, a first control circuit for controlling the transmission and reception unit and the decode processing unit, a second control circuit for processing an image signal which is outputted from the decode processing unit, a first power supply unit adapted to supply electric power to the first control circuit, and a second power supply unit adapted to supply electric power to the second control circuit. Then, it is characterized that, in case that the communication terminal apparatus is not operated for more than a given length of time, the second power supply unit reduces electric power to the second control circuit. Or, the communication terminal apparatus is a folding type apparatus and is characterized that, in case that the communication terminal apparatus is closed, the second power supply unit reduces electric power to the second control circuit.
An embodiment of the invention will be described with reference to the drawings.
A first embodiment is one in which the invention is applied to a communication terminal apparatus such as a portable telephone etc.
Hereinafter, operations of respective parts will be described. An antenna 1 receives electromagnetic waves which have been transferred through the air, and coverts them into high frequency electric signals and inputs to a wireless circuit 2. Also, it converts the high frequency electric signals which are outputted from the wireless circuit 2 into electromagnetic waves and emits them in the air. The wireless circuit 2, based upon an instruction of a first control circuit 9, decodes the high frequency electric signals which were received by the antenna 1 and inputs them to a code decode processing circuit 3. Also, the wireless circuit 2 applies modulation processing to output signals of the code decode processing circuit 3, and converts them into high frequency electric signals and outputs to the antenna 1.
The code decode processing circuit 3, after it applied decode processing to output signals of the wireless circuit 2, outputs voice data to a speaker 5, and outputs compressed music data and compressed image data to a second control circuit 10 via a first control circuit 9. The first control circuit and the second control circuit 10 are, for example, CPUs.
The first control circuit 9 detects, by an open and close detection circuit 12, whether the communication terminal apparatus is in a state that a terminal is opened as shown in
On the other hand, in case that the terminal is closed as shown in
The second control circuit 10 processes compressed image data to be expanded at high speed for generating images. Or, it processes compressed music data to be expanded for reproducing music. By carrying out the expansion processing of compressed image data etc. which has large processing load by the second control circuit 10, even in case that a user is looking at moving images, the first control circuit 9 can dedicate itself to voice communication processing. Therefor, harmful results such as disconnection due to time-out etc. are drastically reduced, and it is possible to secure telephone calls as a basic function of the communication terminal apparatus. As such, according to the embodiment, by providing the second control circuit 10 for carrying out image processing and music reproduction other than the first control circuit, it is possible to improve qualities of the image processing function and the music reproduction function, over maintaining the telephone call function.
A video interface 1 and a video interface 2 may be ones using digital signals which are synchronized with horizontal and vertical synchronization signals, and may be parallel buses like CPU buses. Also, even in case that they are a serial bus of two wire system or three wire system, it does not depart from the invention.
A second embodiment of the invention will be described.
105 denotes a power supply for the CPU 101, and 106 denotes a power supply for the peripheral circuit 102. The reason that power supplies for the CPU 101 and the peripheral circuit 102 are separated is that, in case that a set is closed as shown in
The change-over switch 102, in case that the set is opened to be used as shown in
In case that, despite of completion of a telephone call, it is remained opened and left as it is for a given length of time, the power supply 105 for the CPU 101 is turned OFF. The change-over switch 104 selects the chip select signal CS2 a of the first control circuit 9, and supplies image data to the second display device. The second display circuit 11 displays the image data by control of the first control circuit 9.
As such, by turning the power supply 105 for the CPU 101 OFF and carrying out the display on the second display device by the first control circuit, it is possible to repress power consumption. In addition, it is not limited to a case that supply of electric power to the CPU 101 is made to be completely 0 and it may be applied to a case that very small electric power is controlled to be supplied. In this case, although some amount of electric power is consumed as compared with the case that supply of electric power is completely stopped, it is possible to reduce time required for rebooting the CPU 101 and a load to the CPU 101
Also, the second display device, as shown in
Also, the case that display is carried out on the second display device 11 was described as one example but this is not a limitation, and the display may be carried out on a display device with lower power consumption when remaining amount of the battery is less than a certain given quantity. For example, the display is carried out on the first display device 6 with a smaller display screen.
In addition, in case that image processing etc. are not carried out and the communication terminal apparatus is closed as well as a case that there is no key input and it is left for a given length of time, electric power to the CPU 101 may be turned OFF and the display device may be controlled by the first control circuit.
Also, the case that 2 CPUs (control circuits) are provided was described, but even in case of a communication terminal apparatus having 3 and more CPUs, it is possible to reduce power consumption by controlling so that electric power to a CPU for an application such as image processing, music reproduction etc. is turned OFF or reduced down to very small amount of electric power, in case that the image processing and music recording and reproduction processing are not carried out.
Then, proper use of bus width in the embodiment will be described.
When bus width is enlarged, it is possible to send much more information at one time and therefore, transmission efficiency is improved, but at the same time, many signal lines are required, and therefore, there is a disadvantage that a package is enlarged due to increase of the number of terminal posts, and size of a substrate is enlarged due to increase of the number of signal lines. Then, in the embodiment, 8 bit bus width and 16 bit bus width are properly used according to need.
As such, by setting bus width of respective buses, in accordance with required data transfer capacity and location in the set, it is possible to improve transmission efficiency as well as repressing enlargement of the package.
In addition, in the embodiment, the case that 8 bit or 16 bit width bus is used was described as one example, but there is no limitation to this, and 32 bit and more bus width may be used. Also, in case of lower bit, 4 bit bus may be used and a serial bus of 2 wire system or 3 wire system may be used.
In the first and second embodiment as described above, the case that the invention is applied to a so-called folding type communication terminal apparatus as shown in
According to the invention, it is possible to improve quality of an additional function such as image processing, music reproduction etc. over repressing power consumption. Many different embodiments of the present invention may be constructed without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. It should be understood that the present invention is not limited to the specific embodiment described in this specification. To the contrary, the present invention is intended to cover various modifications and equivalent arrangements included within the spirit and scope of the claims.
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|U.S. Classification||455/566, 340/7.38, 455/573, 340/10.1, 399/88, 455/572|
|International Classification||G06F3/14, H04B1/00, H04B7/26, H04M1/73, H04M11/00, H04N1/00, H04B1/38, H04Q1/22, H04M1/725, H04M1/02|
|Cooperative Classification||H04W52/0296, H04W52/027, Y02B60/50, H04M1/0214, H04M1/72544, H04M2250/16, G09G2330/022, H04M1/0245, G06F3/1423, H04M1/72558, H04M1/72547, H04W52/0274, H04M1/72522|
|European Classification||H04W52/02T8E, H04W52/02T8J, H04W52/02T8C2, H04M1/02A2B4, H04M1/725F1, H04M1/02A2F2|
|Jan 13, 2003||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: HITACHI, LTD., JAPAN
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